Megumi Fukusawa: Mosaic: Miami art mavens should check out Amedama Gallery, located on the fast-developing stretch of 79th Street east of Biscayne Boulevard. Director Ken Konomi has created an inviting, intimate space equipped with a deck and a bamboo-lined Zen garden out back. The gallery's program concentrates on emerging and established Japanese artists. The current exhibition of acrylic paintings by Megumi Fukusawa showcases highly stylized depictions of bubbly, erotic female figures. Fukusawa said her work protests social taboos concerning bisexuality, though the sexuality she promotes appears childlike, bland, and trite. Her use of flat patterns and pastel colors links her work to the cheerful appropriation of the popular anime and manga. Her prolific production resembles Takashi Murakami as well as American pop artist John Wesley. -- Michelle Weinberg Ongoing. Amedama Gallery, 811 NE 79th St., Miami; 305-759-0229.
Trading Places: To create temporary studios for artists Kim Brown, Maria Martinez-Cañas, Frances Trombly, and Salvatore La Rosa, the Museum of Contemporary Art partitioned off its exhibition hall, trying to provide the four artists with more space in which to freely develop new projects. Artist participation in "Trading Places" is its sole unifying factor, because the artworks/installations are otherwise disparate enough to warrant separate exhibitions. Cañas's photographs show a variety of objects that at first seem but vague images. It's only after examining them within the context of the studio that the shapes become identifiable. This interdependency between process and product is one of the driving forces behind the concept from which "Trading Places" was derived. La Rosa's makeshift studio is the strongest of the entire show. His works are rich and multilayered. -- K. Lee Sohn. Through September 4. MoCA, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; 305-893-6211.
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